Riverside, California 2021-06-18 07:59:37 –
The search for two tubers continued on Friday morning after a group of nine crossed the Duke Energy Dam on the Dan River. Three people were killed and four were rescued.
Rockingham, NC — A search for two missing tubers continues along the Dan River in Eden on Friday morning. Rockingham County emergency authorities are searching the river on two boats, and the aircraft will arrive in the next hour.
Three people were killed and four were rescued after a group of nine tubers crossed a dam on the Dan River in Eden on Wednesday. The two tubers are still missing.
The four survivors were taken to the hospital.
“The results are tragic for these people who have recovered, but at least for their families, there are some closures, and our crew here tonight did a great job,” said Rockingham County Emergency Services. Director Rodney Kates said.
According to Kates, nine people entered the river upstream of the Duke Energy Dam shortly before dark Wednesday night. He said everyone was floating in their own inner tube when they crossed the dam.
“People usually go out in front of the dam,” Kates said.
It is not yet known why the tubers did not come out of the water before reaching the dam.
It wasn’t until around 3:15 pm Thursday that Duke Energy workers saw someone at the bottom of the dam and called 911.
Four were found and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other three were found dead. Officials said their bodies were found about three miles downstream from the dam. The two are still missing.
Kates said he was proud of his ongoing rescue and recovery efforts, despite the delayed start.
“We will remain positive in our ability to rescue, not recover, and we will remain positive until we find that we are not,” he said.
The search area extends from the Duke Energy factory to the Virginia border. With the support of multiple agencies, efforts to bring the remaining tubers home will continue on Friday morning.
This is a developing story. We will keep you updated as soon as we know the details.
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